It’s day ten of my latest return to daily running. I did 77 days straight starting on May 1, 2020, so I know what daily running entails and I learned a lot from that experience that I can put to use as I embark on this new journey.

So far I’ve found lots of positives in daily running and not many negatives.

On the positive side, it’s really easy to get the motivation to run now. I run every day, so there’s no question of whether I should head out or not. If it’s a day of the week that ends in “day”, then it’s a run day.

I’ve also already felt my fitness returning. My VO₂ Max has gone up from 49 to 51ml/kg/min. Garmin’s calculation of this is just an estimate, but I do give it some value. Similarly, my Strava Fitness and Freshness score is up to 33 which is an increase of 13 points in just ten days.

On the negative side, there isn’t really much. I have a bit of foot soreness, but nothing that isn’t manageable. Other than that, the biggest challenge might be managing laundry as I don’t have a ton of running gear.

Running into 2021

My goals for 2021 include running daily for the whole year. I intend to run every day through until Christmas Eve (51 days total), then take a week off for a family vacation before rolling into 365 straight days.

I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up the daily habit for the entire year with things like travel or even illness, but that’s the plan. I think it’s better from a goal-setting and motivational perspective to say “I’ll run everyday” and then have to take a day here and there because of circumstances. For me, building an allowance for taking days off just offers up an excuse on the days where I could run but maybe don’t feel like it.